I am not a big fan of Ravi Ashwin in white-ball cricket: Sanjay Manjrekar

I am not a big fan of Ravi Ashwin in white-ball cricket: Sanjay Manjrekar

Manjrekar feels that Amit Mishra should have been selected ahead of Ashwin in Delhi's match against SRH.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Sanjay Manjrekar
Ravichandran Ashwin and Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin has been a pivotal cog of team India’s wheel in red-ball cricket. He has marched the drum of his repertoire by dominating the oppositions in Test cricket with both the bat and the ball. However, when it comes to the shorter formats, Ashwin hasn’t been part of India’s squad in white-ball cricket lately and has only played in the IPL.

The former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his surprise on the off-spinner making it to Delhi’s playing XI in the match against Hyderabad. Ashwin did not reap any rewards in the match and conceded 22 runs in 2.5 overs. Manjrekar stated that when it comes to white-ball cricket, he isn’t a very big fan of the off-spinner. He also feels that Amit Mishra should have been selected in the team ahead of Ashwin.

“I was a little surprised that they played Ashwin ahead of Amit Mishra. I don’t think Ashwin bowled too well. I am not a big fan of Ashwin in white-ball cricket. So if they can get Mishra in, he becomes that wrist spinner that is always a game-changer in T20 cricket,” Manjrekar said as quoted by Cricket Addictor.

What came in as a surprise for the cricket on-lookers is that Ashwin was also named in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav both were left out as the team went with the combination of Ashwin and Jadeja with a few other key spinners on the side.

Every time Mishra plays, he has got wickets for Delhi: Sanjay Manjrekar

Delhi Capitals had a splendid run in the first half of the IPL. They then continued their rich vein of form in the UAE leg as well. When the team locked horns with Hyderabad, Delhi’s bowlers exuded their dominance and restricted Hyderabad to a total of 134. Manjrekar pointed that the team was a bit unfair on Amit Mishra. He also added that every time Mishra plays, he has delivered results for the team.

“People like Amit Mishra, low profile players, tend to get a raw deal. Every time Mishra plays, he has got wickets for Delhi and the other franchises he has played before,” Manjrekar added.